Executive Development - Team Coaching
Performance improvement is required at the level of the team, as well as at the level of the individual. Teams need to deliver increasingly challenging outcomes in the face of often chaotic organisational change in this VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) environment. Also, the nature of teams are changing from traditional hierarchical structures to more transient, lateral and distributed leadership structures.
The team coach is therefore becoming an ever-more important component of the coaching strategy of forward-thinking organisations. The aim of this programme is to equip experienced coaches with the competence and confidence to provide a high-quality team coaching service with the ability to make sense of, and work with, the often-complex dynamics with which the coach is faced.
The UCD Diploma in Team Coaching is a highly practical and experiential programme where learning is delivered through a blended approach comprising:
- Theoretical input, group discussion and classroom input from experts in the field;
- Practical elements using the programme participants as a proxy team;
- Experiential learning focused on personal and professional development;
- Team coaching with a real team between workshops.
In May 2021, UCD Smurfit Executive Development is among the first three Universities globally, and the first in the EU and in Ireland, to have received accreditation by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Global for its Professional Diploma in Team Coaching at Senior Practitioner Level. The EMCC Global Team Coaching Quality Award (TCQA) is an accreditation for training programmes which have met a set of core standards, applied rigour in assessment, and demonstrated a track record of impactful and practical learning and development for team coaching practitioners.
Who Is It For?
This programme is ideal for experienced internal and external coaches with:
- Minimum least three years of 1:1 coaching experience/180 hours of 1:1 coaching experience;
- The ability to work on psychological dimensions in their 1:1 coaching;
- An interest in personal development and feedback as well as learning about theories and models;
- A natural curiosity for the emergent nature of team coaching as a new specialty within coaching.
The programme is designed to develop practitioner competence and confidence by:
Challenging and expanding thinking around working with teams;
Equipping participants with the theory, tools and practical experience needed to develop in this area;
Increasing confidence and competence in practicing as a team coach, especially in the key areas of contracting and diagnosis;
Providing significant personal development and a greater understanding of personal 'ways of being' with teams, through experiential exercises designed to bring the theory to life 'in the room', using the class as a proxy team;
Creating a network of like-minded and equally well-trained team coaches for support, co-consultancy and learning;
Professionalising your team coaching practice and setting participants apart in the market, by training with expert team coaches and thought leaders in the field of team coaching.
UCD Smurfit Executive Development marks a global first in Team Coaching Accreditation:
UCD Smurfit Executive Development is delighted to be among the first three Universities globally, and the first in the EU and in Ireland, to have received accreditation by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Global for its Professional Diploma in Team Coaching at Senior Practitioner Level. The EMCC Global Team Coaching Quality Award (TCQA) is an accreditation for training programmes which have met a set of core standards, applied rigour in assessment, and demonstrated a track record of impactful and practical learning and development for team coaching practitioners.
Team Coaching Practice
All participants are also required to complete and log at least 14 hours of team coaching with a real team. Participants will need to source this organisational team before the programme commences and contract with the team so that the team coach can maximise their learning whilst also helping the team achieve its objectives from the coaching.
An Introduction to Team Coaching
Workshop 1: An Introduction to Team Coaching (3 days) focuses on the science of team effectiveness and the importance and complexities of contracting when working with teams.
Team Coaching Models and Approaches
Workshop 2: Team Coaching Models and Approaches (2 days) reviews key models and processes from team coaching practice and research. We also explore the role of team diagnostics as part of the team-coaching process and highlight best practices in gathering and sharing diagnostic outcomes.
Systems Thinking and Dynamics
Workshop 3: Systems Thinking and Dynamics (2 days) takes a systemic approach to the environment the team operates in and the impact of the system on the team and its members.
Workshop 4: Interventions (3 days) focuses on team dynamics, how to spot, name and work with them.
Building your Approach
Workshop 5: Building your Approach (2 days) involves an investigation of leading team diagnostics so participants can use the tool with their own clients as well as asking participants to present their personal market plan and approach to team coaching.
This programme is for experienced internal and external coaches with a minimum of at least three years 1:1 coaching experience/180 hours of 1:1 coaching experience. Applicants must also have at least 5 years middle to senior level management experience and hold a primary degree or equivalent professional qualification. Consideration will be given to applicants who do not hold a primary degree but their depth of industry and organisational experience qualifies them as suitable participants.
Team Coaching Practice
All participants are also required to complete, and log, at least 14 hours of team coaching with a real team. Participants will need to source this organisational team before the programme commences and appropriately contract with the team so that the team coach can maximise their learning whilst also helping the team achieve its objectives from the coaching.
A completed application form, digital photograph and copy of transcripts for all university-level degrees (if applicable and excluding those taken at UCD) are required. A telephone or personal interview with the Programme Director may form part of the admission process to help determine whether the programme is the most appropriate solution for the applicant.
How To Apply
To apply for this programme, please contact Leah Moore who would be delighted to discuss the application procedure with you further.
Business Development Manager
t: +353 1 716 8080
12 months. Delivery: 5 x 2 / 3 Day Modules.
The diploma programme is demanding and participants should be free of other responsibilities on the days of the workshops. 100% attendance is required.
We would encourage you to check the module dates listed on the overview page to ensure your availability. If you do miss a module due to unexpected circumstances, there is no longer an option to take that module with another intake of the programme. You will be required to complete an additional assignment as well as the module assignment. Full details on the module assignment as well as the additional assignment will be shared with the participant.
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Pathway to a Master's Degree
As Ireland's premier provider of executive development open programmes, we can help you master the right skills for the most complex global business challenges with our unique and flexible MSc pathway.
If you're an experienced professional who wants to continue in your chosen career while undertaking part-time study, then this flexible MSc pathway option will offer you the very best learning experience and a world-class qualification.
What is the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching Pathway?
The Diploma in Team Coaching forms part of the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching pathway. If participants successfully complete the Diploma in Business & Executive Coaching, the Diploma in Advanced Business & Executive Coaching and the Diploma in Team Coaching within a 5-year timeframe (not compulsory), they are awarded with the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching.
Please note, the UCD Diploma in Team Coaching can be alternated with either the Diploma in Leadership Development or Diploma in Organisational Change and Transformation as the final diploma option.
A key feature of the MSc pathway is its flexible timeframe, which allows you to tailor your participation around work/life demands. Whereas each of the individual diplomas takes approximately 10-12 months to complete, we advise participants of a 5-year window within which to ideally complete all three steps and be awarded the MSc in Business & Executive Coaching.